Kahoka Aldermen Criticized For Failure To Follow Up On Cleanup Promise
By Mike Scott
Kahoka resident Jill Shinn presented board members with a letter near the end of their during Monday night, September 8 meeting. Shinn complained that the area of her yard, through which she allowed an easement to provide sewer service to the CountyView development, had not been repaired as promised.
On at least two occasions, Shinn had previously requested that the area be repaired. Monday night, she complained of dirt piles causing water pooling, broken clay pipe and weeds. She also submitted a bill for the trimming of those weeds.
The council took the position that every time she had requested that the area be worked on, city crews had responded.
“We assumed it was fixed,” said Mayor Herb Butler.
Council members agreed to visit the site and make repairs after the dirt is properly settled.
Bev Laffoon, president of the Kahoka Clark County Chamber of Commerce, attended to make sure city preparations for Old Settlers’ Day were on track.
Laffoon asked the aldermen if the weeds along the ditch on main street could be cut before the parade. Police Chief Bill Conger will ask residents to cut them.
The board also agreed to pay one-half of the expenses for Polo Sound for the day.
Laffoon also reported that the Chamber had the “NOEL” sign refurbished, and asked that it be hung before Thanksgiving. She also told the board she had visited with the owner of the Pamida building, and he is seeking new tenants for the store.
In other business, the council:
--Awarded the bid for the repair of 32 sidewalks damaged by the waterline replacement project to DANSCO of Argyle, Iowa, in the amount of $10,604 for labor and materials.
--Read and approved a resolution require fire hydrants in Kahoka be painted yellow.
--Approved four building permits, two for Dean Construction for houses at CountyView, one to Leo Olson for a storage building, and to Larry Young for a porch.
--Discussed storm damage settlement amount for damage to building and fence at the water treatment plant in Wayland.
--Discussed electrical service territories.
--Approved $2000 for Clark Co. Memorial to begin cemetery stone restoration.
--Awarded a bid of $5904 for a new heat pump and air conditioner system for old city hall to Tony Ramsey.
--Police Chief Bill Conger reported he would like to hire Sean Webster as a part time office.
--Lary Fountain reported the fire department will not get the truck grant this year.
--Approved a wage ordinance for Jeremy Londrie at $8.00 per hour and City Treasurer Kellie Logsdon for $16,087.76 per year.